Bill Parks
Founder and President, Northwest River Supplies; Founding Director,


Bill Parks is a successful entrepreneur, former business professor and advocate for sensible corporate tax reform. In 1972, Parks founded Northwest River Supplies (NRS), a supplier of rafting and kayaking equipment, partly to prove that his academic knowledge was applicable in the real world. Today,100%-employee-owned NRS is the world’s leading provider of paddle sports equipment and apparel. Parks is also founding director of, which works to advance tax policy that would level the playing field between domestic and multinational corporations, improve U.S. competitiveness in world markets, and foster the long-term health of the American economy.